In the middle of the Winter, a young monk studying under the Great Lao Cha got very sad.
– What's on your mind, young man? – asked Lao Cha
– I'm so tired of the Winter, Teacher. It's cold and gloomy. I have no energy, and my spirit is down. I can't wait for Spring already!
– I have a remedy for your spirit, young monk. Try this green tea.
– A green tea, Shifu?! Now?! But it's still Winter!
– On the banks of the Liu Luo River in Yunnan, it's already Spring, and farmers have already produced fresh sweet tea. Drink up and see for yourself – the Spring is coming.
Harvested in just the first days of January, we believe this tea is the very first green tea harvest of 2024 in all of China.
This year's First Flush green tea features an atypical and powerful umami character. Its flavor characteristics are akin to premium Japanese teas, blending the best of China and Japan's tea realms. This brothy and full-bodied tea has a rich, multi-dimensional taste and aroma, thanks to the food-fired Sha Qing (杀青) that gives the tea its pleasant smokiness. With only small batches available each year, this rare gem is a must-have for any true tea connoisseur.
While it is still cold in the West, Spring has already arrived in Yunnan. Our good friends, Mr. Yang and Mr. Zhang, did not waste any time and produced this excellent tea, full of freshness and umami. Their high mountain (950m) tea garden is located on the Liuluo River, and this is the southmost tea garden in Yunnan.
Dahei Mountain rises at more than 2600 meters above sea level in Yunnan province, near the border with Burma. It is blessed with abundant rainfall and green peaks. Many consider this ancient forest to be the best preserved in the border area. The entire region enjoys a wild and pristine landscape. The dense forest is a unique biodiversity mix between broad-leaved species and ancient tea trees. Here, people discovered the largest tea tree ever measured - a giant arbor 20m high, 1,9m in diameter, with a crown surface of 78.5 sq. meters. The wild tea trees are tall and arbor-shaped, with trunks covered in moss. A walk in this ancient forest wakes the senses and lets you smell the unique fragrance of pure tea, as nature intended it.
The region in Dahei Mountain enjoys the same latitude as Taiwan. That has encouraged the two producers to implement knowledge and good practices from Taiwan in their tea-making process. They are constantly in contact with tea technicians from Taiwan. While actively exchanging knowledge, they also enhance their tea processing. The result is a green tea with an exclusive aroma of fruits and flowers, hard to find elsewhere.
We even recorded a video, trying this tea for the first time:)
Once sold out, this tea will not be replenished till next year, as it should be consumed fresh, just like Japanese Shincha.
175℉ / 80℃
1g per 60ml 3-5min
1g per 25ml 5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion
This is a great tea. It reminds me very much of Japanese green tea but the vegetal flavors taste deeper. Drinking the tea gave me a subtle sea taste from how much umami is in this tea. The only reason I didn't give this tea 5 stars is because the flavor is so strong and complex I can't drink a lot of it.
I really can't add anything to the other highly positive reviews. I will just confirm that this tea has an overwhelmingly fresh taste and aroma. I wouldn't compare it to subtler more complex Chinese green teas. But it is immediately satisfying and perfect in its own way. I find myself craving more. And it leaves a delightful creaminess in the mouth. A wonderful early green tea.
I usually don’t like drink green tea even though I had tasted a lot of green tea, Chinese green tea and Japanese green tea. But this time I am so happy that I ordered this earliest spring green tea. It is a kind of surprise for me. When I open the tea bag, the fresh and light flower aroma came out(淡淡的花香）， the tea leaves looked in very good shape, I knew it should be a good tea. I used a Japanese Tokonameyaki flat teapot and spring water to brew the tea.
It tasted smooth, sweet and creamy, no any astringent taste. The flavors stayed in my mouth for a long time, it even had “回甘 ” 。
I jumped on this tea because I've never experienced such a fresh tea, so I had to take the opportunity while it lasted. From the moment I opened the package, I was blown away by the wonderful aroma of this tea. And it tastes exactly as it smells...strong and vegetal. Because of its larger leaves, I decided to brew gong-fu style, and I love it! The leaves look so wild and the tea just exudes that spirit in its appearance and taste. I look forward to more opportunities like this!
Umami. What a pleasant surprise it was! Not what you expect from Chinese green tea. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, the taste is fresh and vegetal with some delightful smokiness on the back of it. I bought 200g of this tea on a whim, and I'm very happy about this decision.